The Doolittle Board of Alderman meeting Monday was without a city clerk.
Dene Kirn, who has been serving as Doolittle's city clerk, announced her resignation earlier this month. Her last day as clerk will be this Friday, Sept. 13.
The city had recently hired a temporary clerk. However, after a week of work, the temporary clerk concluded that she could not perform the job because of a medical condition.
Mayor Paul Smith is confident that the position will soon be filled.
"We have a number of good folks in mind who we are looking at," Smith noted. "We just need to spend some time looking at them."
With that in mind, the board held a closed session meeting after their regular meeting to discuss this matter.
Doolittle Police Chief Scott Jones was given approval to use around $5,000 in police car funds for a new radio system.
Smith mentioned that he believed that the police radios could be paid for in part by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant due to the fact that the radio system will be useful in operating the town's new siren system.
The board renewed its annual membership with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).
Smith noted that the city's membership in the organization has been a good thing over the years as MRPC has assisted the town with sewer issues and fire truck maintenance.
Jones reported that Doolittle has lost a police officer who has taken a job in St. James. That leaves the city with two full-time officers and two volunteer policemen.
The board continued to praise the good work of the city's maintenance man, Travis Gray.
Gray reported that August was a busy month because of all the rain the area received. He noted that he has ordered more than 18 tons of gravel of which he has used half of with road repairs and other projects.
The mayor and the board gave Gray their approval for him to find a new dump truck for the city. The city's current dump truck is over 30 years old and is in need of much repair.
Finally, a city-wide big trash pickup has been scheduled for Oct. 17-19. According to Smith, everything except tires and electronics will be accepted during the pickup.